Short version I loved it . I am a sucker for sappy and sweet and Disney HEA! And this one delivered!
I almost couldn't believe this was a Heidi Cullinan book, it felt so different from her other stories.
Kelly appears to be a hot mess, every allergy known to man, sheltered and naive, waiting for Prince Charming and he wants the Disney fairy tale.
So of course, I loved this kid! He is the best!
Then we have Walter, he appears all together and seems to have it all, but he's just as messed up as Kelly, just in a very different way.
I also appreciated that although Walter had family issues, no one was just all out evil or a caricature, it felt real.
This was an excellent friends to lovers story, a story of coming out, looking behind the curtain, love, all kinds of love, friendship and loyalty.
Of finding love “Sometimes the ones we love are like butterflies, flitting all over, and we have to sit and wait patiently for them to land. Sometimes they never do, and that’s a risk we take. But sometimes what they need most is to see us sitting still, patient, waiting. To understand that we’re going to be there no matter what, that we’re the ones who are always sitting there waiting, loyal, loving. Sometimes that’s more powerful than any words."
And I have to add, at least for me BEST FIRST KISS EVER!
Kelly, really is a sweetheart, I think Walter described him best this way : “I think that’s my favorite thing about you. You’re a happy-seeking missile. The damnedest thing is, you almost always find it.”
Walter is wonderful, caring and so damn good. I really felt for him and am so glad he found Kelly and that he finally has someone who puts him first. “Don’t you think it’s time someone gave up everything for you?”
So, I got my HEA and my sappy side is now sighing in happiness and I am sure this will be a reread for me!